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The best tips for buying vintage jewellery

Buying great vintage jewellery is an art! Find out how to buy the best pieces with ease:

Brand power

Even though you may not care about brands, it is still important to know the significant ones when it comes to vintage shopping. Familiarise yourself with them, and you may find some real treasures at unbelievable prices. Also, you will become better at spotting fakes. Know the real deal!

Condition

Even if something is REALLY old, the condition of the item is still important. You don't want to spend money on a one-of-a-kind Edwardian piece that you won't ever wear because it's actually too fragile or broken! Be smart; make sure that all of your choices are in good condition - otherwise you are wasting your time and money.

Signature

Knowledge is power! Learn all about the specific hallmarks and the history of designs if you want to buy key pieces.

The Internet

When you have garnered all of the knowledge that you can, go to your computer and start your search. The internet is rife with millions of options when it comes to vintage jewellery but be discerning - there are a lot of fakes out there, and people are hustlers! Make sure that you look at quality and price, as well as at the authenticity of the site.

Ask questions

If you are going to shop at consignment stores and vintage boutiques, then don't be afraid to ask questions. Where is it from? Who owned it? How old is it? These are all questions that you should be asking when looking to buy a good piece.

Thrifty

Even though markets and thrift stores are amazing places to find one-of-a-kind pieces, there are many people out there just looking to make a quick buck off a good story! Interesting tales and personal taste make for a wonderful experience, but once again be wary of phony folks who just want to take your money.

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